20 Best Metal Albums of 2014

The year in heavy from Scott to Slipknot

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Electric Wizard, 'Time to Die'
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16. Electric Wizard, 'Time to Die'

In a year when seemingly every new band with a smidgen of Seventies-flavored swagger claimed some doom-metal influence, the return of English doom legends Electric Wizard from an extended slumber was particularly welcome — not to mention instructive. Time to Die is the real doom deal — it contans tracks that are druggy, claustrophobic and nihilistic enough to make early Black Sabbath sound positively whimsical by comparison. The album's interstitial audio snippets — lifted from a 1984 20/20 episode about the allegedly satanic murder of a Long Island teen — offer a brief respite from the onslaught, but also serve to further amplify the prevailing bad vibes. D.E.

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